Oops . . .


I sat bolt upright in bed the other night when I realized that I had accepted The Witchy Blog Award from Cin on my new blog, Ehsha, and failed to nominate anyone. You see, it was Samhain and I had some students/friends/grove-members coming over–one of them brand-spanking-new and shiny as all-hell and hell-yeah–and hit “Post” before I finished doing what needed doing.

I am The Bad Witch, after all.

So, lucky me! I get a re-do! After I mucked up the award process on 10/31, the day of its inauguration, the author of The Biblebelt Witch, Lunapo (gotta love a sister-wolf), sent the award to me on 11/3, just a few days later. Now, I can amend my error.

Seven Questions:

  • How did you “discover” Wicca/witchcraft?

I reckon it found me. Everyone around me knew that there was “something about that girl.” I was around puberty when I figured out what that something was. I was 17 when I found my craft-mate/soul-mate/best-friend-in-the-entire-universe, Christine. We figured a few things out together.

  • Do you grow herbs?

Yes. Lots and lots. The above mentioned Christine is the real herb-lady. She taught me just about everything I know about gardening. All but what my daddy and big-sister taught me and what I learned by making stoopid mistakes.

  • Are you “in the broom closet”? If not, share your coming out experience.

No. For the details, visit The Bad Witch Files and look for “The One Where TBW Tells Her Momma” and “The Articulated Witch.”

  • What tradition do you follow?

I am a Heathen (but neither Asatru or Vanatru); I am a Sorcerer/Ceremonial Magician. I am developing as a Volva. What does that make me? I revere my female ancestors and my ancestors from both North America and Europe. I call this Disirtroth, but that’s not “a thing” outside of my keyboard and my Hof. Yet.

  • Do you consider yourself a witch, Wiccan or Pagan (or maybe something else?)

I’m a Sorcerer, Magician, Volva. But I call myself a Witch too. Simply because my primary language is English and that’s the word we use for the conglomeration of things folks like us do.

  • How much of witchcraft/Wicca are you able to incorporate into your everyday life?

Eat. Sleep. Breathe. Teach. Take social action.Teach again. Parent. Teach some more.
So, yeah. This is not something I do–this is something I am.

  • Do you have a familiar? If you do, tell us how you meet him/her and how s/he takes part in your practice (if at all).

Actually, a few. And, for safety reasons, I prefer not to disclose more. There are malicious Witches out there too.

I said this on my Ehsha post and then found out yesterday that there have been plans for a little bad kitchen witchery involving my dogs, steak, and antifreeze. That ain’t magic, ya’ll. That’s just meanness.

My nominees are:

Hazey at Beyond the Dreads onna-counta she’s precious, y’all. Just wait til you hear what I’ve got cookin’ in my Bad Cauldron!

And, to make up for missing it last time and to interject new blood in our circle–I’m going outside the box:

  • Hrafnkell Haraldsson at A Heathen’s Day — aheathensday.com— no new posts for a little while, but still several years of great stuff worth reading.
  • Alison Leigh Lilly at Meadowsweet and Myrrh, now alisonleighlilly.com
  • Branches Down, Roots Up onna-counta the Yggdrasil traveler in me loves that title–like a lot.
  • Broomstick Chronicles at besom.blogspot.com
  • Nydia, who lives in Brazil not too far from my newly launched student, Ryan, at Bringing Up Salamanders.
  • And Southern Fried Pagan, “Because underneath all that crispy batter, all paths are the same path.” Yee-haw and Hell-yeah. She’s even got a groovy badge for swiping. Go read some real Southern Fried Magic!


Ain’t That Sweet?

Ceiredwyn at A Witch’s Healing nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award and Raven’s Witch has honored me with a Beautiful Blogger Award. Thanks to you both.

I know a lot of folks have stopped participating in these, but there is something so very Pagan about patting each other on the back in a world where we typically get sidelong looks of derision.

Maybe it’s cheating, but The Bad Witch has some papers to grade, so Imma combine my replies to these two fine blog awards.

The rules are almost the same:

Give credit to the person who nominated you – done and done

Answer 5 questions from the Super Sweet Blogging Award/Tell 7 things about yourself – will do

Post the award picture in your blog:




Nominate other bloggers and notify them of it – I’m on it.

1. Cookies or Cake?


2. Chocolate or Vanilla? 

70% cacao and Zinfandel (the red kind, silly)

3. What is your favourite sweet treat? 

Rainer Cherries – I will eat them until I am sick!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? 

4:00 PM

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? 

My godfather called me Sugarfoot when I was a kid. I reckon I lacked “cowboy skills” too.

And two more random sweet things to fulfill the requirements:

6. I don’t like “birthday” cakes but I can decorate the hell out of them. I made a giant three tiered cake for my nieces’ joint graduation party back in the day. It was a first attempt, but it was pretty awesome. Since then I’ve made every kind of shaped cake imaginable. My favorite was The Bad Baybay’s frog cake. My least successful was a bleeding-armadillo-groom’s-cake made without the proper pan. It looked like a squirrel-rat. But it tasted amazing. Then again, anything slathered in cream cheese icing is bound to be good. I made my BFF’s husband’s groom’s cake too – a Lord Baltimore that ended up sliding right off the tray and onto the floor.

7. I don’t like sweet cocktails. I prefer full-bodied, dry wines; dark, bitter beers; dry dirty martinis; and old-old round and wrinkly whiskey. And no matter how dry, I can’t stand champagne (or “sparkling wine”).

I am nominating two bloggers this time. I know I’m supposed to do a b-zillion, but . . . [blah, blah, blah] grades.

I just made contact with dancingwarrior55 and she has a brand-spanking-new blog – go check her out.

And Freeman – a new addition to my blogroll (on your right).  I always try to do right and don’t mind being called out when I’ve done less than I should.

I won’t be offended if you don’t perpetuate the meme – I’m just doing my part to spread the word about your two bodacious blogs.

Let me get up to speed on “them things what I get paid for” and I’ll work on an *S* post for the Pagan Blog Project. I was so proud of being ahead of the curve for so long; I had all of my course materials posted, I had all of my prep work done for my secular class as well as my seminary course and was all up to speed with my Witchy students, plus my house was relatively clean and all the laundry was done and dinner was ready to go in the oven – and then a bright eyed Freshman asked me, “Dr. Bad Witch? When will you have our grades posted?”

Doh. I forgot that part.

B, Q, 93


Pagan Pages Blog Hop Brilliant Blogger

The Pagan Pages Blog Hop has honored me with the August, 2012 “Brilliant Blogger Award.” Thank you!

According to The Pagan Pages Blog Hop:

This isn’t your typical blog hop! We’re here to help you get the most out of your blog hopping experience. Instead of weekly hops that tend to be over long before you get through the whole list, we offer a whole month of hopping! And instead of endless links to varied posts and sites, we give you categories to place your direct-post links! So as a blogger you know whom ever is looking at this hop will find what they are looking for and hopefully that’s you! As a reader, you get to skip all the others and go right to what interests you most! It’s blog hopping made easy, organized and fun!

As a blogger myself, I find lots of great blog hops… but rarely do they have what I’m looking for. While this blog hop may be geared in the direction of paganism, it will have plenty of other areas to discover as well. From family to crafting, recipes to giveaways; our hope is that you’ll always be able to find what you’ve been looking for!

The Pagan Pages Blog Hop offers these categories: “Sabbat/Esbats/Pathwork,” “Spirituality/Metaphysical,” “Giveaways/Reviews,” “Guest Blogs/Tours/Parties,” “Recipes,” “Crafts/Sewing/DIY,” “Family/Marriage/Parenting,” as well as categories for those new to the hop and miscellany.

I thoroughly enjoy the friends I’ve made via the PP Blog Hop. There are plenty of worthwhile pages to peruse over there, so I encourage you to have a look-see at the list of fine blogs over by there, as we say in Chicago. I am entirely flattered by this award.

In keeping with tradition, I have a few questions to answer.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. –
I’m a 41 year old Sag, born on the Southside of Chicago and transplanted to “the motherland” where I spent every summer, Alabama, to finish graduate work – I earned a PhD in English (American) Literature (Film) in 2008. Both of my parents were raised in North Bama and moved to Chicago in the 50s as the tail-end of the agrarian exodus. I have my ancestry traced back to Salem, to The Massachusetts Bay Colony, to the Pennsylvania Dutch, and to Native American peoples: the Creek, the Cherokee, and the Delaware Lanape “Praying Indians.”

What drove you to starting your own blog? –
I’d had a bizarre few months, full of experiences with three of the “worst Witches” I’d ever known. My goal was to record the experience and to warn others off of such pitfalls. I never got to it because it struck me as poor taste to expose the true truth about my neighbor, a Pagan here in the Deep South. At any rate, I have found nearly two years worth of more interesting topi. Almost immediately, I found that blogging was a fine way to explore the deeper implications of our religious choices. This is what has kept me going for 145 posts.

What is it that you like to blog most about? –
Pagan theologies, Pagan hermenutics, and Pagan ethics. Not that I claim to have the be-all-end-all answers of any of these things, of course. I like to challenge the status quo and to encourage my readers to think while they watch me struggle with my own uncomfortable moments of introspection.

Your thoughts on PPBH? –
It took me a hot minute to get up to speed but it’s been very worthwhile; I have been introduced to some mighty fine bloggers and have made a good friend or two in the bargain.
Anything else you’d like to add? –

I’ve had a wild flu this week and have gotten behind on a few things. Given my ticker, even the slightest whatsit can pull my expiration date closer than I’d like, and even the mildest OTC makes me swing like a pendulum affirming the most positive reply. So, I have only done the things which cannot be put off until tomorrow. Placing friendships and family first, like a good Heathen, I have spent time at local fiction/poetry readings, at “light” social gatherings, and welcoming The Bad Husband back to The States (yes, again); even at that, I have worn myself out quicker than usual. This has lead to two seasons of Downton Abbey, ancestry.com, and baked figs with Saigon cinnamon and butter. Not a bad lot, eh?

Once I’ve recovered entirely, I will get to my R post for the PBP, the end of my comparative religions reply to TRLT, and a commentary on an odd message I received concerning “ego” and complacency.

And, I have some new plans for The Files in the works – at least I think I do.

Thanks again for the honor. I hope I live up to it!

B, Q, 93


Very Inspiring Blogger Award

When I poked my head in the WordPress door this afternoon to update all of my vacation entries, lo, and behold, I have been honored with another blogger award. This time The Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Ayslyn’s Corner


In between crafting a Chicago-style hot-dawg (kosher dawg, mustard, onion, tomato, celery salt, and cucumber on a poppy-seed bun) for The Bad Hubby, thinking up a lesson on The Soma Sofia, cleaning up from vacation unpacking, picking up school schedules, yearbook pictures, and locker assignments, and deciding whether or not I can get arsed to go to tomorrow’s faculty meeting, I think I can finally participate in one of these bad-boys. I mean, the rules are easy enough:

  • Display the award certificate on your blog. Done.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award. Doing it.
  • Post seven interesting facts about yourself. Got it.
  • Present seven awards to deserving bloggers. Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off. I’m on it.

But here’s the gameplan on that last one. The Bad Witch is not crazy about nepotism. We have a nice little community here and we’ve all stopped over at each other’s joints from time to time to kick the tires and such. Some of us even stay a spell, add to each other’s blogrolls, guest post, etc. I decided to bring in some new blood by dragging along seven completely new blogs that I found over the last month or so. So, if you are a loyal reader, friend, fellow-blogger, or any combination of those – don’t despair; The Bad Witch adores you.

Now these seven blogs caught my fancy for one reason or another. I expect that you will like some and not others, after all I found them while looking for specific things. But I figure it’s good to walk around the neighborhood rather than be the lady across the street who never leaves her driveway. (I think she might be first on my list to pay a quick visit!) My hope is that we will all make a new friend or three.

  1. Ask a Pagan: Where you can ask your questions and receive personal answers!
  2. The Informed Pagan – You know how I like my information to be well-informed, right? Gotcha covered.
  3. Pagan Preacher – This is a former-believer after my own heart.
  4. The Allergic Pagan – A refreshing look at balancing heath and spirituality.
  5. This Pagan House – A real Pagan living a real Pagan’s life.
  6. Pagans Promoting Healthy Active Tendencies (PHAT) @ “fitpagan” – First line in the “About” page had me hooked: “Many say that Pagans are just a bunch of overweight feminists.”
  7. Ozark Pagan Mamma – IMHO, the best blog out there about Southern Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism, Cooking, Crafting, and being a Mamma.

Hope y’all enjoy each other’s company as much as I have.

Now, yet seven more things about The Bad Witch? Let’s see, this has to be items you don’t already have access to via TBW Files, right? First time I gave you random facts, last time I gave you vacation facts, this time I’ll give you household facts.

  1. I bought my house in 04, it was a money-pit. Today it is worth >twice what I payed for it, even in a recession.
  2. I planted Wisteria too close to my fence. Oops. Today The Bad Hubby is doing overdue repairs.
  3. I have two kitchens. Two full kitchens. The basement was an in-law sort-of thing and the previous owners installed cabinetry and appliances for the rents-in-law. People are amazed when they realize I have two kitchens. Personally I forget that it’s not normal.
  4. Speaking of basements, I have to have one. (I like to be “caved” in – my favorite destination as a kid was Mammoth Cave National Park. One day I’ll tell you a little more about my family’s “bat” cave.) Growing up in the Midwest makes one understand the virtue of being able to go underground in the springtime. Houses in the South tend not to have basements. I’m a lucky girl.
  5. I hated my house from the curb – kinda still do. But when I walked in the front door, the fireplace pulled me in and kept me.
  6. I have seven (small) Kandinsky reproductions and six (even smaller) Matisse reproductions, one Dali reproduction and one Dali original abstract. Altogether they value around-about $firewood.
  7. While there are distinctly Pagan items visible all over my house, you would not be hard-pressed to find a Bible tucked away somewhere in any given room of my house. It’s like the Gideons came over. As for the remote? That might be a little harder to find.

I encourage you not just to look at my list but to poke around their blogrolls as well. Though, now that I think of it, that sounds a tad personal.

Blessings, quarks, 93!


One Lovely Blog Award – Thanks!




Originally written on 7/23, on my way back to dry land and a much needed softshell Po’Boy.

Back in March, Kourtney honored me with a Versitile Blogger Award nomination and I had to bow out of the nomination process due to time constraints. This week, Neferet of Stay for a Spell has done me the honor of passing along a Lovely Blog Award nomination. And I feel like a real pinhead as I must bow out again. On vacation, on the high seas, with little to no internet access, I am typing up all of my blogs to publish when I arrive back in the states. (Prepare for a deluge – Oh, wait, if I do them in order this will be last, doi.)

But I do want to thank Neferet and other bloggers like her for your constant support, your joy at my joys and your sadness at my sorrows (believe me, this is actually rare to come by), and your friendship – yes, I consider many of you my friends and fellow seekers. Neferet, this came at a perfect time. Not exactly because of Abby, but because of the whole atmosphere in which I’ve been toiling – knowing that readers like you are out there and that I am touching you in some way makes all the little things fall like so much chaff.

I also I admire the tenacity of those, like Neferet, who participate in blogger awards. It’s no small thing to find, contact, and list fifteen bloggers worthy of these awards. (In my truncated efforts, see my blogroll to the right.)

To fulfill as many of the nomination’s requirements as I can, I will share 7 things with you (I’ll try not to repeat those I posted in March). I’ll try to also keep them to things I am learning about myself on vacation.

1. It took me two days on a cruise ship to get used to having people wait on me beck-and-call. Yes, yes. I too believe that I should always have a personally assigned waiter who dances for/with me after dinner, a constant and meticulous housekeeper who leaves my towels folded in animal shapes, a Michelin starred chef, and an entire staff dedicated to entertaining me and my children. But alas, when we finally get what we want, it sometimes takes a little acclimation.

2. I typically overpack, this time I underpacked. Hello, duty-free shop!

3. New Orleans makes my soul feel alright all the way up to the corners. Something about standing in Jackson Square (were I met Mama Lisa, BTW) makes me feel like I’m glowing from the inside.

4. I had a vegan friend ask me — and I realized that I cannot tell you what alligator tastes like. It doesn’t taste like chicken. It’s vaguely like turtle – only meatier and less fishy (but not altogether un-fishy). It’s not at all like rattle-snake. Once I realized I was attempting this feat with a vegan, I settled for, “Home.” Alligator tastes like an eider-down pillow wrapped in your toastiest fuzzy socks and favorite over-sized sweater.

5. It turns out that I have never had REAL tequila. Until today. The queen of the margaritas always thought Patron was “pretty good.” Upon touring a real distillery, I learned the difference. The difference is magnificent.

6. I love floppy hats. I love hats in general. I am a hat girl. My head is the right size and shape for hats and I look good in them – especially with giant Jacky O sunglasses and a silk scarf. But floppy hats? Yes, thank you. I love horse-show days for many reasons, but the opportunity to wear a floppy hat specifically coordinated with my show-mom sundress? Amen for horse-shows. (No ribbons on my hat, thanks. Those are for the horses only.) Amen for sunning at poolside. Amen for convertibles (when I have a hat-pin, of course). Amen for the Yucatan. Amen for floppy hats.

7. I am utterly blessed. I make friends easily and have met a veritable horde of new pals on-board (as long as I don’t say “War Eagle” in The Who Dat Nation), I keep (most/real) friends for an eternity and have a suitcase of chachkies to distribute to folks I’ve know since before Billy Ray Cyrus had a career, and I have people in my life that I can trust absolutely with my house, car, animals, children, and PIN number. KB, I cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you give me every time I leave town. XO (Once I get back and start publishing these things, be sure to read: “The Bad Witch in Traffic.”)

My cruise director is calling me to the Lido deck for some line dancing. It’s goofy, yes. But I’m on vacation and it’s electric. (Boogie woogie, woogie.)

TBW signing off for now!

Versatile Blogger Award – Thanks!

I’ve been honored by Kourtney at “The Multi-Faceted Experience” with a nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you, Kourtney!

Regretfully, I won’t be participating in the nominating portion of the project, however. Only because of the time commitment – finding fifteen blogs, contacting fifteen bloggers, etc. I admire the tenacity of those, like Kourtney, who do participate. It’s no small thing.

Nonetheless, as return for the nomination, I will tell you a few things about myself; and I suppose I should tell you things that I haven’t already revealed in my blog, eh?

  1. When I was little, there were two Great Danes that lived around the corner – Duchess and Gertrude (somebody must’ve had a thing for Hamlet). Man, I loved those dogs. They were as big as I was. Coincidentally, my first dog was a doxie named Shakespeare.
  2. I love the scent of lavender. Real lavender.
  3. When I was younger (in my 20s and especially my 30s), I wore navy and taupe. And olive. A lot. All of my bags and shoes and accessories were in shades of neutral. Then I bought a red briefcase just before tuning 40. Now my Kindle case is red, my wallet is red, my coat is burnt yellow – as is my “classroom bag” for chalk and markers and pens and such, my dayplanner is celery green, and my phone is purple. I don’t know what happened, but I suddenly *liked* color. And I suddenly didn’t feel the need to camouflage myself.
  4. I cook tacos at least once a week.
  5. I’m afraid of clowns. Not just a little. Also mascots and animatronics – anything uncanny. If the energy coming off the thing doesn’t match what my brain and eyes tell me, I freak out. Again, not just a little. I once drove past the Chick Fil A cow with my eyes closed. No one was injured.
  6. I enjoy Experimental / Alternative Metal. I have a soft spot for old-school System of a Down. A newfound old fav is Heathen.
  7. I don’t understand the “big deal” about long stem roses. I love flowers – but somehow a single rose or a bouquet of lanky roses has always seemed a little sterile to me. Crop them and wrap a ribbon around them (better yet, plunge them in a stumpy vase) and I’m much happier – but only if they smell like roses. Have you noticed that roses don’t “smell” anymore?

It’s good to reach out and pat each other on the back now and then. Acknowledgement can make every difference in relationship – be it a cyber-readership or a decade-long camaraderie or a lifelong partnership.  It means a great deal to me that those who read my ramblings enjoy the ride. I hope I remain worthy of your nomination.

Thanks and blessings,